New York Diabetes Prevention Program

New York's Diabetes Epidemic

  • Approximately 2,000,588 people in New York (12.3% of the population) have diabetes.
  • Of these, an estimated 517,000 have diabetes but don't know it, greatly increasing their health risk.
  • Every year, 66,000 people in New York are diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Diabetes costs an estimated $21.6 billion in New York each year. The horrific complications include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness—and death.

What is Prediabetes?

  • A blood sugar level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
  • Risk is highest in overweight adults over the age of 45, have family history of diabetes or history of gestational diabetes.
  • Approximately 5,412,000 people in New York (36.2% of the adult population) have prediabetes.

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program? 

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. Participants meet with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. Sessions are weekly for 6 months and then monthly for 6 months. This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Am I eligible for the Diabetes Prevention Program?

Find a Local Diabetes Prevention Program

To find a Diabetes Prevention Program near you, please contact Pam Fox at 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383) ext. 3703 or